There's a word - a pretty harsh word - that's made its way into our culture recently. It's been around for a good long while, but only in the past year or so, particularly in tandem with the word "basic," has it been use so casually, or so frequently.
That word is "bitch," and in one simple scene last night's (October 30) "Scandal" perfectly explained why you don't ever, ever use it in reference to a woman.
The set-up: the President of the United States, Fitzgerald Grant (Tony "I Was The Bad Guy In 'Ghost'" Goldwyn) has just been told off by his press secretary Abby (Darby Stanchfield). She's standing up to him for reasons far too complicated to get into here, but it boils down to Abby telling Fitz he just needs to talk to his sometimes lover Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington).
Fitz heads to Olivia's apartment, and then this happens:
We'll ignore the gut-punch of the leader of the free world casually slurring a woman, because as we've previously established, Fitz is the worst. Instead, let's focus on Olivia's flawless response.
And that doesn't just go for fictional Presidents: this is advice that every person, every man, every woman - whether you're basic or complicated - should know. You don't call a woman a bitch. Ever.